MACKY SALL
President of the Republic of Senegal
 
 
 
 

Country name:
Conventional long form: Republic of Senegal
Conventional short form: Senegal
Local long form: Republique du Senegal
Local short form: Senegal
Former: Senegambia (along with the Gambia), Mali Federation

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Capital: name: Dakar
Geographic coordinates: 14 40 N, 17 26 W
Time: GMT
Time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time when no daylight saving)

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Administrative divisions: 14 regions: Dakar, Diourbel, Fatick, Kaolack, Kaffrine, Kedougou, Kolda, Louga, Matam, Saint-Louis, Sedhiou, Tambacounda, Thies, Ziguinchor

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Independence: 4 April 1960 (from France); note - complete independence achieved upon dissolution of federation with Mali on 20 August 1960
First President after independence was the founder of Négritude, Leopold Sédar Senghor, poet and philosopher

The Gambia and Senegal signed an agreement on 12 December 1981 that called for the creation of a loose confederation to be known as Senegambia, but the agreement was dissolved on 30 September 1989)

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National holiday: Independence Day, 4 April (1960)

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Constitution: last revised and adopted 7 January 2001

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Legal system: based on French civil law system; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations

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Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

 
 
   
 

 
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Executive branch: chief of state: President Macky SALL (since 1 April 2012)
Head of government: Prime Minister Cheikh Hadjibou SOUMARE (since 19 June 2007)
Cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the prime minister in consultation with the president
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term (eligible for a second term) under new constitution; election last held on 25 February 2007 (next to be held in 2012); prime minister appointed by the president
election results: Macky SALLreelected president in the second round of voting; percent of vote - Macky SALL 65.8%, Abdoulaye WADE 34.2%.

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Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consisting of the National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (150 seats; 90 members elected by direct popular vote with the remaining members elected by proportional representation from party lists to serve five-year terms) and the Senate reinstituted in 2007 (100 seats; 35 indirectly elected with the remaining 65 members to be appointed by the president)
elections: National Assembly - last held on 3 June 2012 (next to be held 2017); note - the National Assembly in December 2005 voted to postpone legislative elections originally scheduled for 2006; legislative elections were first rescheduled to coincide with the 25 February 2007 presidential elections and later rescheduled for 3 June 2007; the June election was boycotted by 12 opposition parties, including the former ruling Socialist Party, that resulted in a record-low, 35-percent voter turnout; Senate - last held 19 August 2007 (next to be held - NA)

election results: National Assembly results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - APR/Yaakar [Macky SALL] 119, SOPI Coalition 12, other 19; Senate results - percent of vote by party - NA.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Judicial branch: Court of Appeals, Supreme Court

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Political parties and leaders: APR/Yaakar [Macky SALL], African Party of Independence [Majhemout DIOP]; And-Jef/African Party for Democracy and Socialism or AJ/PADS [Landing SAVANE]; Alliance of Forces of Progress or AFP [Moustapha NIASSE]; Democratic League-Labor Party Movement or LD-MPT [Dr. Abdoulaye BATHILY]; Front for Socialism and Democracy/Benno Jubel or FSD/BJ [Cheikh Abdoulaye Bamba DIEYE]; Gainde Centrist Bloc or BGC [Jean-Paul DIAS]; Independence and Labor Party or PIT [Amath DANSOKHO]; Jef-Jel [Talla SYLLA]; National Democratic Rally or RND [Madior DIOUF]; People's Labor Party or PTP [Elhadji DIOUF]; Reform Party or PR [Abdourahim AGNE]; Senegalese Democratic Party or PDS [Abdoulaye WADE]; Socialist Party or PS [Ousmane Tanor DIENG]; SOPI Coalition [Abdoulaye WADE] (a coalition led by the PDS); Union for Democratic Renewal or URD [Djibo Leyti KA]; Rewmi [Idrissa Seck]

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Pressure groups and leaders: labor unions; students; Sufi brotherhoods, including the Mourides and Tidjanes; teachers

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International organization participation: ACP, AfDB, AU, CPLP (associate), ECOWAS, FAO, FZ, G-15, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MINURCAT, MONUC, NAM, OIC, OIF, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, Union Latina, UNMIL, UNOCI, UNWTO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

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Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Amadou Lamine BA
Chancery: 2112 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: [1] (202) 234-0540 
FAX: [1] (202) 332-6315
Consulate general: Houston, New York

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Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Marcia S. BERNICAT
Embassy: Avenue Jean XXIII at the corner of Rue Kleber, Dakar
Mailing address: B. P. 49, Dakar
Telephone: [221] 33-823-4296
FAX: [221] 33-822-2991

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Flag description: three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), yellow, and red with a small green five-pointed star centered in the yellow band; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia

   
 

 
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